consented is a quarterly magazine exploring big ideas. it has covered issues relating to mental health, gender and capitalism using essays, poetry and personal stories to do so.



excellent chosen themes continue to appear from the makers of Consented, who focus issue 8 on ‘science + surveillance’. The issue as always presents three sections, the first of which continues the magazine’s deep interest in race with a section that picks apart the knowledge we have about genetics and how it informs questions about race; there are looks at surveillance states; and an optimistic ending pairing technology and hope with five essays that capture the enduring prospect of change that science has the capability to bring.

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issue 7 of the Consented returns with a look at class and capitalism, which turns out to be a great companion to this week’s other new arrival, Catalyst. Issue 7 features over 100 pages of artwork and articles exploring the age old conversation about race and class, what it’s like to live under capitalism, as well as what moving beyond capitalism might look like. There are contributions about austerity Britain; the NHS; disability; sport; motherhood; race; a workless future and the role of the British media. It’s an exciting turn for an excellent magazine.

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issue 6 of Consented takes ‘resistance’ as its theme and again comes in 3 parts, this time: ‘journeys’, ‘reimagining resistance’, and ‘a better tomorrow’. typically, the issue’s contributions are made up from excellent and revealing first-hand stories, like Martin Hasani’s experience growing up as an intersex person. there’s an interview with Resis’Dance collective who talk about creating space for people who feel excluded from mainstream nightlife; and the issue ends with a piece by the co-editors on how forms of resistance and solidarity strive for a better world.

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issue 5 of Consented takes a look at love and desire, and more to the point, sex. there are a number of excellent essays in this collection, giving many first person perspectives that wouldn’t ordinarily be represented in the media, such as sexual experiences of disabled people; female masculinity in the sex lives of women; queer parenting; the fetishisation of the trans body; the hackneyed ‘self-love’ trope in dealing with mental health issues, amongst many others. a very-well crafted issue with lots to think about and lots to learn from it.
// mags of the month: february //

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issue #4 – “race + empire” includes essays and personal stories focusing on the effects of empire in the history of britain and beyond and how that relates to how racism is viewed together. this issue is split into three sections looking at the way racism operates in a so-called post-racial society, examining empire’s relationship with the body as well as offering some solutions.

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